August 2010 archive

even more Mason Jar love

Obviously my obsession with mason jars is far more extensive than originally believed. When I found these mason jar’s filled with sweet treats on etsy, I got so inspired I pulled out my mason jars out and start experimenting! These treats, made by All Jarred Up! are “scrumptious handmade treats in a jar. Each jarred treat is freshly prepared, sealed, and decorated making it the ideal goodie for presents, party favors, thank yous, or just an afternoon snack for you and your family.”



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With flavors like Very, Very Berry and How Do You Like Them Apples, choosing just one would be impossible!



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I’m pretty sure this is inspiring me to bake an upcoming Cakery Friday recipe in a jar. Maybe Papery can even help me create a rocking label to “seal the deal.”

Happy Mason Jars!

xoxo,

Ali

Martha’s Kitchen Tips: Part I

Most of you know by now that I swear by Martha Stewart. In fact, I spent a huge portion of this weekend getting rid of every mark and scuff on our stairs, walls, doors and floorboards with a Mr. Clean Magic Eraser–all thanks to a tip I read in an issue of Living. {Honestly people, this is the best tip ever–our stairs were filthy and I have had repainting them on my list for months, but this tool is insanely amazing!}

This month’s magazine features some of Martha’s favorite kitchen design tips and I wanted to share a few of my faves. Of course, my kitchen utilizes almost none of them right now, but these are in my design files for the future…



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Martha uses lots of pen shelving instead of pantries–built specifically for the items going into it. It makes things accessible and open. Martha also suggests leaving machines that get a lot of traffic/use like a cappuccino maker, out on the counter. Everything needed to make coffee is right above the machine.



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She swears by having lots of islands for storage and cooking space. One is permanent and one is on wheels. More space to prep, as well as a second seating option for guests. Notice the dish towels readily available in lots of locations.



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Hanging pots and pans creates kitchen art as well as massive amounts of space saving {although not quite sure where she is storing the lids?}



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Martha puts fruits, vegetables and even fresh eggs out of display on the countertop. She keeps a very large cutting board out on the counter most of the time {and secures it from moving by putting a damp, warm towel underneath it}.



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Because of the beauty of the glassware, Martha places it in an apothecary style shelving unit, to display it. {My biggest concern would be to keep it near the dishwasher so it can be easily transported back after its clean}



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Martha is seriously drawer-storage happy! Here she shows off cake and cookie decorating supplies, neatly organized in a drawer.

Stay tuned for more ideas on Thursday!

Cherry Party!

I’m just dying over this cherry birthday party I found on Steph Modo the other day. It was all inspired by the adorable cherry lollipops {which I believe you could easily recreate by attaching 2 red lollipops together with clear packing tape}. The baker’s twine really sets it over the edge of cuteness!



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Tres chic and cherry-licious!

xoxo,

Niki



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